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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Mankato Free Press Centennial Edition. June 1952
MSU Archives Collection 1312

Mankato Free Press Centennial Edition. June 1952. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1312. 1 folder, 2 bound volumes, 1 DVD.


This collection consists of two duplicate bound volumes of a special edition Mankato Free Press from 27 June 1952. This edition was compiled to commemorate the centennial of the city. Newspaper articles from throughout the history of Mankato were combined with commentary and illustrations from 1952 to produce this history of the area.

Scope and Content:

The newspaper is divided into four sections, each of which describes a twenty-five year period of the area's history. The first section (1852 - 1877) focuses on the founding of the city and the problems encountered with the Dakota in the area. The second section (1877 - 1902) focuses on sports, automobiles and other entertainment. The third section (1902 - 1927) deals with World War I, railroads, and local calamities. The final section (1927 - 1952) contains articles on fire fighting, and the many businesses of Mankato.

The DVD holds the 27 June 1952 Centennial Edition volume as well as the 5 April 1937 Mankato Free Press 50th Anniversary volume.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Mankato Free Press Centennial Edition. June 1952. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1312, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Processed By:

Karyn Nester processed this collection in February 1988.
Finding aid revised by Robert Russell January 2001.
Jeff A. Jenson updated this collection in February 2002.
Additions to the collection were processed by Mee Xiong in June 2015.

Related Collections:

There is a noncirculating copy of Mankato Free Press Centennial Edition from 27 June 1952 available in the Lass Center.

It has been determined that the Minnesota Historical Society also owns a copy of the Mankato Free Press Centennial Edition. The MHS copy of this item is on microfilm.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Mankato (Minn.)--Local history.
Mankato Free Press--Mankato (Minn.)
Mankato (Minn.)--Newspapers

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1312



Mankato Free Press Centennial Edition

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DVD: Mankato Free Press Centennial Edition, 1952 and Mankato Free Press 50th Anniversary, 1937